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Vila Joiosa or Villajoyosa

To start, this town is called Vilajoyosa in English but in Spain it is called Vila Joiosa.
The meaning is ” the joyful village”.

As an adapt of the film with Johny Depp the Chocolate factory , I think it is a good name for the city. More specifically , the city is the  center of the production of chocolate.
The best is : it not has one Chocolate factory but three ! Equally important ,  you can visit them and taste the marvelous chocolate.
The most famous, we think is the Valor Chocolate factory.
Furthermore there is also the Clavilo Factory and the Perez Factory.

The  city is a part of the Alicante region.
It is situated on the middle of the Costa Blanca.






Beaches of Vila Joiosa

The city has over many sandy beaches. More than several kilometers long.

Vila Joiosa beach

Vila Joiosa beach

Some of them with the Blue Flag . What is a blue flag ?  read more about the Blue flag on the Costa Blanca .

On the beaches,  there are sun loungers and reed umbrellas.
Furthermore, you can hire canoes and pedalos.
The beaches has  well equipped facilities for disable people.
The beaches have ” chiringuitos”  or beaches bars.
In summertime you can start  your Spanish breakfast at morning at the beach   and at night eat your last snack !
Some of the “chiringuitos” are now even open in winter time.
So take your bag, towel and sunscreen and enjoy the beaches of Villajoyosa.
Also a beautiful beach front promenade to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and the  Marina.
There is also a busy fishing port.

Safety for all at the beach.

There are special facilities  for  people with mobility problems. At the centro beach there is a adapted and well equipped zone .
So, there are seating in the sea  near the water edge. Of course this zone is  marked with yellow buoys. Furthermore there are  decking out of the sun adapted for wheelchairs.
The guards  will be at your service every day from 10 till 14:00 h and from 16:00 till 19:00 h.

Of course , each year the installations  have more users. This shows that there is a need but also a  good service to the people with reduced mobility and their partners.
As every one they want also spend a safe swim and stay at the beach.
So thumbs up for this communities.


It is a authentic Spanish market.
The large street  market is on Thursday. The meeting point for locals and tourist.
With e large choice of food, fruit , fish , meat. But also clothes, shoes, bags….

What to see

Vila Joiosa is famous for his multi colored houses. The houses of the fisherman.

Vila Joiosa

Vila Joiosa

The different chocolate factory’s are worth a visit. The give free tours and tasting moments. Of course there have all three an excellent shop.

Valor is  Spain’s most popular chocolate.
you find it every where.

Read more about the Vila Joiosa chocolate factories son our web page.

Fiesta .
During the last week of July there is a Moors and Christian Fiesta.
This fiesta is a festival of International Tourist Interest. There is a reconstruction of the invading of the Moorish and the fight over the city .

How to get there

Most people arrive at Alicante airport.
So it is a little hour drive from  Vila Joiosa to the airport.
From the airport, there is a bus to Benidorm on regular base.


As a result of his location , the most restaurants  are fish restaurants. The food is typical for the Valencian coast. To sum up : fish, octopus, gamba, seafood, and rice.
One of the most popular is still the paella.
But as  we write on our page Gastronomy at the Costa Blanca there is more to discover .
There is also rice stew with stock fish ” Caldoso” or rice with yellow mackerel ” Arros con llampuga” of other fish pots.
We love the many tapas bars in the city.

Naturally , there is also a large selection of restaurants offering the international cuisine.
In brief, a great choice of Chinees, Italian and French cuisine.
And of course the sweet temptations of Chocolate in the number of local shops .
try also the” churros con chocolate” .

Churros con Chocolate

Churros con Chocolate






Vila Joiosa got a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.

With an average temperature from about 20 degrees.

Tips for trips

One of the most popular place around is Benidorm. Interested ?  Read more on our page Benidorm

On other charming town nearby is Altea. From Vila Joiosa  to Altea it is 20 kilometers drive .
See more on our page Altea .

Then, a nearby town at the Mediterranean Sea is the town of Calpe. In Calpe there  are many things to see and do. It is an 30 kilometers drive from Vila Joiosa . Read more about Calpe on our page.



Do you want to go inside the country , than the village of Guadalest is sure worth the visit.
So see more about Guadalest and the Agar waterfalls on our page. It is a 30 kilometers drive on narrow roads  but is it a worth the effort.

To conclude

All in all, Vila Joiosa is a beautiful town nearby the Mediterranean Sea. The place is a popular tourist destination  for Spanish and International tourist.